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Night Driving Tips for Safer Evening Travel #nightdriving

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With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, more and more people are on the road after dark.  We turn our clocks back this weekend so we will be losing yet another hour of daylight but we still have places to be in the evening!  The older I get, the more I find that my night vision is not as good as it used to be.  I hate to think that I am getting older but even our eyes start to show our age eventually!  Night vision problems don't only effect YOU but they impact every single person that might be on the road with you.  When … [Read more...]

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Easy Homemade Pound Cake Recipe

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This homemade pound cake recipe has been sponsored by Wholesome Sweeteners but all opinions expressed here are my own.  When I think back on my childhood, one of my favorite 'classic' summer desserts was fresh fruit served over pound cake and topped with whipped cream.  Of course, my mom bought a pound cake from the store and our whipped cream came in a tub but it was still pretty darned tasty.  With my quest to make things a bit more naturally than mom did,  I decided to try making a homemade pound cake, which I have never actually … [Read more...]

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Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

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I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product or coupons for creating this pilaf recipe post, but all opinions are my own. Summer is here (at least it feels like it here in Georgia!) and I have started looking for recipes that involve very little actual cooking.  Between trying to keep the house cool and running the kids back and forth to camps, it is nice to be able to just throw things together at the last minute.  Healthy dishes that include whole grains aren't always quick but if you make up the … [Read more...]

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Tiramisu Dip Recipe Makes a Simple Summer Dessert

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As a Hamilton Beach Ambassador I was provided with the mixer I used to create this recipe but all opinions expressed are my own. Have you ever found a recipe online and said "YES!  I want to make that!" and then realized that...well, you either don't have or can't find several of the ingredients in the darn thing?  That is where a little bit of creativity comes in!  I saw a delicious Tiramisu recipe on Food.com. I thought it would make a great summer dessert for backyard barbecues or just feeding hungry children over summer vacation.  … [Read more...]

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Avocado and Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe

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This avocado and Greek yogurt dip recipe has been sponsored by Stonyfield yogurt and Late July chips.  I am a Stonyfield Farms ambassador but all opinions expressed here are my own. Growing up in suburban Connecticut I never once saw an avocado.  I don't think I could even tell you as a child what one looked like.  We ate rather traditional New England food and while I love baked beans and pot roast, there was very little international cuisine on the menu.  Fast forward to life after college and I am down in Houston, Tx getting overwhelmed … [Read more...]

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Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Herb Seasoned Potato Wedges

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This seasoned potato recipe with yogurt dipping sauce was inspired by products I received to review at no charge however all opinions expressed here are my own. One of the things I love most about the holidays is the opportunity to get together with family and friends.  Whether it is a big Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas Eve gathering by the tree or a Saturday afternoon of watching football,  having family and friends around makes the season a happier one!  In my house, having guests over means that I must feed them.  Not that they demand it … [Read more...]

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Giving Tuesday, Social Good and Giving Back with World Vision

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This post about social good and giving back this holiday has been sponsored by World Vision but all opinions expressed here are my own. As we enter into the busiest time of the year for shopping and gift giving, people are starting to whip out their credit cards and make their shopping lists.  Kids want video games, grandma wants new slippers, husband has his eye on a fancy alarm clock.  These are all great and wonderful gift ideas but what about those people in other areas of the world who are struggling just to survive?  Giving the gift of … [Read more...]

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Need Medical Advice? Try the Urgent Care App for Your Smartphone

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This post about the Urgent Care app for your smartphone has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I am not at home blogging for a living I work part time as a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician for a national drug store chain.  One of the things I spend an awful lot of time doing there is answering the  phone for people who need urgent care medical advice.  We get all sorts of questions about disease symptoms, medication allergies,  and a lot of 'what do you think is wrong with me?'.  Many people do not have … [Read more...]

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Fitness Confidential Book Review and #Giveaway

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This Fitness Confidential Book Review and giveaway post has been sponsored but all opinions expressed are my own. Getting in shape seems like a goal that I never actually achieve.  I work at it a lot. I eat healthy..most of the time.  I exercise...sometimes.  Okay, I exercise when I start to feel guilty and my pants are starting to not fit any more.  It isn't that I don't WANT to get in shape.  I just seem to lack the motivation.  I am slowly working at it, though, and if you want to get in shape, too, than Fitness Confidential might be a … [Read more...]

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Need Honey Recipes? Try The Fresh Honey Cookbook!

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This post has been made possible by a book I received at no charge to review.  I hope it comes in handy if you are looking for honey recipes!  All opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a few pennies in return. I am not a big believer in coincidences.  A few weeks ago I received The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen to review and in the same exact week I received a case of organic honey to review as well.  That … [Read more...]

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Tips to Boost Energy and Make it Through the Afternoon Slump! #sponsored

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These tips to boost energy were inspired back a selection of products I received from Cascadian Farms but all opinions expressed are my own. My summer vacation has finally drawn to a close.  Family trips are finished, company has gone home and the children are back in school.  Instead of feeling productive today, however, I am in serious need of a nap.  During the chaos of summer we were always on the go and there was never TIME to be tired.  However, now that I am trying to get back into blogging, housework and errands it seems like I have … [Read more...]

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No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Peanutbutter Whipped Cream

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This No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is sponsored by a  product for review from Newman's Own Organic.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  I love to bake and since I have a horrible sweet tooth, there is almost always some sort of dessert in my house.  My kids love me....my scale hates me!  But, I can't quite kick the habit so I try to make it from scratch so I can control the ingredients.  I don't worry so much about fat and calories (although I probably should be!).  I am more concerned with preservatives and other artificial … [Read more...]

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Healthier Fourth of July with Mango Relish #Recipe and Applegate Hotdogs!

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This healthy fourth of July post is sponsored by Applegate but all opinions expressed are my own. Summer is here and what better way to enjoy the hot weather than to send my husband outside to grill up our dinner!  With cookouts, picnics, barbecues,  and parties, there will be a lot of hot dogs eaten in the next month.  I don't usually buy traditional hot dogs because, honestly, I am fairly concerned with what goes in them.  There is always a ton of jokes about hot dog ingredients but have you ever read the ingredient label?  For a healthier … [Read more...]

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Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway and Spar for the Spurtle Contest #sponsored

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This is a sponsored post brought to you by Bob's Red Mill but all opinions expressed are my own. My daughter loves helping me out in the kitchen and from the time she was little I tried to find ways to encourage her to cook with me.  When she was tiny it was little things like pulling grapes off the stem or setting the table.  Now that she is older, she can actually make simple things like boxed muffins or scrambled eggs without any assistance from me at all.  One of her favorite ways to express her independence in the kitchen is by making … [Read more...]

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Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Acai Infused Quinoa Breakfast Cereal #momsmeet #spon

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This healthy breakfast recipe was made possible by a review sample from Sambazon and Mom's Meet.  All opinions are my own. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went out to brunch and had the most delicious creation we have ever tasted.  It was a blueberry infused quinoa that was served with fruit, nuts, granola and a ton of other fresh and healthy ingredients.  When I got the chance to try Sambazon Acai juices I thought I would try to recreate something similar for my own family.  My kids get bored with cereal very quickly so I always … [Read more...]

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Eco Friendly Bathroom Ideas and a $50 Bamboomo GC Giveaway

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This eco friendly bathroom ideas post is sponsored by Bamboomo but all opinions expressed are my own. Slowly over the last few years I have been trying to green up my home one small step at a time.  Whether it is composting in the kitchen, setting the heat a few degrees lower, or buying organic sheets for the bed there are a lot of ways to reduce your home's carbon footprint.  The bathroom is one room in the house I am still working on and I thought I would share a few of the eco friendly bathroom ideas that I came up with.  Some are easy … [Read more...]

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Chicken and Avocado Soup #Recipe and $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #AmazingAvoCinco #spon

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This chicken and avocado soup recipe is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico and The Motherhood but all opinions expressed are my own. Have you ever gotten together with friends for a pot lock meal and been awed by someone else's creation?  Sometimes, I am amazed at the different types of recipes that people can come  up with when given the same ingredients.  One person may see peanut butter as a dessert ingredient while another might see it as part of a spicy dip for chicken.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating new recipes … [Read more...]

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6 Must Have Gardening Supplies for Comfortable Gardening #SummerSolved #spon

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I spend a lot of time in my yard during the spring and summer tending to my garden.  Between building the garden beds, tilling soil, putting in plants, nurturing them, and (hopefully!) harvesting my crop I wish I got paid by the hour!  It is a time consuming but enjoyable way for me to get exercise and provide food for my family.  However, it isn't always easy or fun.  It can be hot, sweaty, buggy, and downright irritating at times but I keep doing it anyhow.  I guess I'm a glutton for punishment!  I have found, over the years, that there are … [Read more...]

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Easy Dessert Recipe: Banana Spice Parfait and a Newman’s Own Cookie #Giveaway #spon

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This easy dessert recipe is sponsored by Newman's Own Organics but all opinions expressed are my own. I have mentioned my love affair with dessert many times on my blog and I absolutely love creating new sweets to share with my family.  My kids always look at me in shock when I tell them there is no dessert after dinner!  Finding a quick and easy dessert recipe that can still wow friends and family isn't too hard.  Fruit desserts are one of my favorites since I can kid myself that they are slightly healthy.   Today's easy dessert recipe used … [Read more...]